President’s Message by Jan Eriksen


Summer Review and a Look Forward to the New Program Year

Greetings, AAUW La Crosse members! It’s hard to believe that summer is coming to an end and our September meeting will soon be here. The summer seemed to speed by, but some notable activities occurred.
First, the board held its annual transition meeting on June 6 at the home of Michele Strange. The meeting is a time for outgoing and continuing elected board officers and appointed board officers to share their knowledge and experience with the incoming board.

Then, on June 9, AAUW La Crosse members staffed a booth at Artspire, promoting our Art Fair on the Green and distributing “save the date” bookmarks about the fair. Throughout June and July, Art Fair committee members continued to meet and plan for this year’s fair. The 60th AAUW Art Fair on the Green was held July 28 and 29 on the grounds of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse campus. Fortunately, we were blessed with lovely weather, talented artists, delicious food, and a huge attendance, ensuring that our scholarship legacy will continue. For photos and a video of the 2018 art fair go to lacrosse-wi.aauw. net and click on Art Fair on the Green. Congratulations to Carol Robertson, Art Fair Chair, and all the committees and volunteers for another successful art fair!

So, it’s on to the fall and a new year of AAUW La Crosse programs and events. The Vice-Presidents for Program, Silvana Richardson and Margaret Wood, were busy over the summer planning what looks to be a very timely and informative variety of programs for 2018-2019. In October, Judi Zabel, a health educator at the La Crosse County Health Department and member of the La Crosse County Prevention Network, will discuss how to interpret the signs that someone you know, especially a teen, is abusing drugs or alcohol.

We’re also looking forward to March 2019, when the AAUW Winona Branch will host us. We will share a meal with Winona AAUW members and tour the phenomenal Minnesota Marine Art Museum. It is truly a world-class museum, which includes works by Cassatt, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Monet, Picasso, Homer, O’Keefe, Cézanne, and other acclaimed artists. We’re fortunate to have this incredible gem, “great art inspired by water,” a short drive away from La Crosse. Even if you have been to the museum previously, you’ll still see something new, due to its visiting exhibits.

Many more wonderful programs are planned for 2018-2019. Please see your Branch Membership Directory to view them all.